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Bellagio extends ‘Figuratively Speaking’

No excuse to miss this show

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Beach/bath towel” by Yoshitomo Nara. Works by Nara on display at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art for Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form opening through March 27, 2011.

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Roy Lichtenstein's "Untitled (From the New York Collection for Stockholm Series)"

It’s surprising that not everyone in town has ventured down to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to see what is possibly one of the best shows to hit Las Vegas.

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Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form
Through March 27, Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
$15; $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older; $10 for students, teachers and military; free for children 12 and younger, (702) 693-7871.

The fact that Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form has just been extended through March 27 shouldn’t give you reason to put it off even longer. This is an exhibit you’ll want to experience more than once.

Curated by gallery director Tarissa Tiberti, Figuratively taps into the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and MGM Resorts’ own stash for a varied and intelligent array.

The 40 paintings by 29 artists offer a rich look into creative processes, art movements and diverse media that have transpired throughout history, placing Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Edward Degas, Cindy Sherman, Yoshitomo Nara and Keith Haring at the same visual party.

The exhibit is not chronologically arranged, creating a lively and engaging conversation in which Fernand Leger, Alberto Giacometti, Tony Ourlser Barbara Kruger, Milton Avery, Joseph Cornell and Chuck Close chime in, some responding to the others.

Highlights include Lichtenstein's "Art Critic," Picasso's "Woman With Beret," Derain's "Genevieve Taillade in an Orange Jacket" and Oursler's "Stepfather" — a suspended orb with a large digital projection of a close-up moving eyeball and audio of television clips.

The show has been so well received that Tiberti says that the gallery has had record visitor numbers. The stragglers might want to get a move on. On April 16, the Bellagio Gallery opens A Sense of Place: Landscapes From Monet to Hockney.

Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form, Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through March 27, $15; $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older; $10 for students, teachers and military; free for children 12 and younger, (702) 693-7871.

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